Well, cold and flu season seems to have arrived in all its horror – chances are that wherever you look, people are sneezing, coughing and whimpering. Including me unfortunately! But getting ill isn’t an inevitability, by following these few tips you can at least try and keep the viruses at bay and get through winter cold free.
Tips for avoiding getting sick
Wash your hands, whether you’re ill or not
Most people catch the cold or flu through coming into contact with the tiny drops of mucus that are sneezed or coughed into the air when people are ill. Disgusting huh? They are breathed in or caught by touching places like the mouth or eyes after touching an infected surface. Regular hand washing will ensure that you keep the virus from your hands.
If you become ill, then make sure you wash your hands often so that it doesn’t spread, this is hugely important if you don’t want to pass it on to others or reinfect yourself. Ill people can sneeze and cough into their hands without thinking – and then spread the virus everywhere they touch.
Keep your hands from your eyes and mouth
If you ensure that you touch your mouth and hands as little as possible, it will make sure that any droplets you do pick up have a hard time getting into your body. I always keep a bottle of hand sanitizer gel with me too, especially when visiting place such as the supermarket, you don’t know who has sneezed and coughed all over your trolly!
Touch things as little as you can
Even if you’re super careful to wash your hands a lot, it doesn’t mean that everyone else will. Anyone who has got the cold virus on their hands will quickly spread it around pretty much everywhere – where it can stay for 24 hours or more. Ewwwww!
So try to not to touch too many things in public spaces. Be especially careful not to put your hands near your eyes or mouth once you have, which will allow the virus in.
Keep surfaces clean
Since the flu and cold virus can linger for so long, it’s worth ensuring that all of your surfaces are clean. If a door is being regularly used for instance, give it a good clean with some antibacterial spray and disposable cloths. Be especially careful if you have children, it is likely you will pick up all kinds of things around young children as they always have their little digits here, there and everywhere. This can then make it’s way into your body, no matter how careful you are.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep
Numerous studies have shown that plenty of sleep helps keep the immune system at its best and so it allows you beat the cold and flu if it does appear. Again, this is only a way of ensuring that – you might still get the flu or a cold if you sleep perfectly and people who sleep little might never get ill. However, being general healthy will help your body fight any infection that does arrive. I always feel 100% better after a good nights rest – with or without a cold!
Get vaccinated for the flu, if you need it
The flu vaccine is the easiest way to ensure that you won’t get the flu. For some people, the illness can be life-threatening, so if you need the vaccine it is certainly worth getting it. People who are 65 or older, have serious medical conditions or are pregnant are at extra risk, your GP may advise that you get the jab.
Unfortunately for me, I already got the dreaded lurgy, but that doesn’t mean I can help you guys to stay healthy!
Hope this helps!